Magazine article The Futurist

Protecting Istanbul from Disaster: Turkish Officials Shift Priorities before the Next Big Quake

Magazine article The Futurist

Protecting Istanbul from Disaster: Turkish Officials Shift Priorities before the Next Big Quake

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With an estimated 30 years to plan for a predicted catastrophe, at least one jurisdiction isn't wasting any time.

The Turkish government enlisted the expertise of construction workers, engineers, and scientists to make recommendations on the actions that need to be taken to protect Istanbul, where a major earthquake is likely to strike within the next 20 to 30 years. A major quake in this megacity of 12 million would not only kill many thousands of people, but also destroy key infrastructure and some 50,000 buildings.

"Istanbul is the economic and cultural center of Turkey, and there must be an organized effort to protect the city and its people," says Purdue University civil engineering professor Mete Sozen. Recent seismic activity in the region--and the devastation it created in places like Indonesia--has put the government on notice.

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High on the agenda will be upgrading buildings, bridges, and infrastructure. The city's streets will need to be widened so that emergency vehicles and equipment would be able to maneuver more easily through debris created by a quake.

As a very old city, Istanbul is a patchwork of building types and mixed uses--about 12% of the city buildings contain businesses on the ground floor and residences on the upper stories, making the buildings fully occupied all of the time rather than emptying out part of the day depending on the occupants' comings and goings. …

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